It is not the action itself but the context of that action which determines whether it is spiritual or not. Context is set by intention. Motive, though, is what makes the difference. One can earn money out of love for one’s family, company, country, or all mankind, or one can make money out of fear, greed, or selfishness. If we view our work as a contribution to society, it then becomes a gift no matter how seemingly simple it may be. To peel potatoes out of love for one’s family or for the benefit of those who need to eat is spiritually uplifting to the Self and the world.
One makes a gift of one’s life and endeavors by sanctifying it with love, devotion, and selfless service. That is the way of the heart to God. In that way, domestic life becomes a form of worship and the source of joy to all. When one seeks to uplift others, we are uplifted in the process. Giving is therefore self-rewarding for there is actually no ‘other’ that is being given to. Every kind thought or smile is therefore spiritual and benefits oneself as well as all the world.
The Eye of the I, Ch. 17, pg. 252